BNC eNEWS, Issue 9, May 2014
Four Things You Need to Do if You Really Care About Living in a Pleasant and Safe Neighborhood
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In this issue…
- What We're Thinking About:
- The Neighborhood Preservation Forum, will be held Saturday June 7, at the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave., 9:30 am for coffee, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm meeting. See the program and participate in discussing: What actions would help your neighborhood cope with the impacts of proposed City growth over the next few years? This is your chance to be a part of the solution instead of becoming a victim.
- Redistricting: Your chance to learn about why the judge chose the Council District boundaries that he selected. Is this the end of it?
- Neighborhood News, Round and About:
- Residential neighborhoods near Telegraph Avenue, south of Dwight Way were thrown under the bus in the rush to increase density on Telegraph between Dwight and Bancroft.
- Starbucks is coming to Ashby and Telegraph even though the Council denied them a permit. How is that possible?
- Neighborhood Forum:
- A privately owned and operated parking structure that will incorporate the Maxwell Family Field on top is being constructed on UC land even though it is acknowledged to have a significant adverse impact.
- Get the details about the really big-time soccer game between two European champion teams that will be held in July at Cal's Memorial Stadium.
- News about how the City and “No on Walgreens” wants to prohibit big chain store pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens from locating too close to other existing pharmacies.
- Featured Neighborhoods:
- Mini-Dorms are still with us. This time the Council acts on approving regulations for new ones. This issue affects every neighborhood — from single family to small multi-family (R1 through R3), so you need to know what is being done and what remains to be done.
- Outside Agencies that Affect Berkeley:
- Proposed BNC amendments to the Open Government Ordinance move forward as a result of our complaint about the lack of information provided to the public about the “One Bay Area Plan.”
- The Cultural Corner:
- Is there life in outer space? Will we be able to communicate with life there? Meet the Berkeley resident who may well be able to provide the answers to these questions.
- On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:
- What old restaurant in the South Campus area gets a fresh new chef, serves up great seafood, and also is named to the 10 Best Hamburgers list?
- Let's Just Get It Fixed (no section in this issue)
- We're still waiting for answers to our last questions.
- A comment about the number of items on Council agendas and how that affects those who attend. BNC plans to start working on suggestions to resolve this problem.
- Obtain further information about the issues in the April eNEWS: Your monthly garbage rates are going up, and whatever happened to the West Berkeley initiative.
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